Joe Alvarez

Partner and Consultant, Alvarez Porter Group
Yonkers, NY | | Consulting Since: 2005

Joe combines frontline leadership experience, knowledge of organizational science, and a passion for empowering leaders to achieve their visions. A Fellow at Cornell University's Worker Institute, he co-founded the Alvarez Porter Group to help leaders and organizations create a just, equitable and sustainable world.

As an organization development practitioner, Joe specializes in developing leadership in others and in helping unions and social change organizations be visionary, transformative, inclusive, and effective. Joe has extensive experience working with large local and national membership organizations, and multi-stakeholder organizations that face the challenge of successfully combining democratic governance with programmatic effectiveness. He has an acute ability to help complex organizations have powerful conversations, find their common agenda, overcome their internal tensions, and reach their potential.

Joe's work with unions has involved him in a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food processing, arts and entertainment, transportation, public sector, education, construction, and health care. He has also worked with national, state, and local union federations, as well as with unions in Indonesia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His work among non-profits has been with organizations involved in community organizing, civil rights, housing, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

Joe was an organizer and union leader in the southern United States with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU), the political director for ACTWU and then UNITE, and the Northeast regional director of the AFL-CIO during a critical period of its history. He designed and co-led the AFL-CIO's “New Alliance” program, a major national, state-by-state campaign to revitalize and reorganize state and local AFL-CIO bodies. He began his consulting practice in 2005. In 2000, Joe helped found the AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute, where he still teaches, and is a co-designer and trainer of the Cornell and AFL-CIO National Labor Leadership Initiative.

He has a master's degree in organization development from American University, and is a member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences.

Additional Affiliations: Cornell University Worker Institute, NTL Institute of Behavioral Sciences, OD Network.

Selected past clients: AFL-CIO, Casa de Maryland, Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU, Solidarity Center

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